Medina is not very big. But there are many shops where you can find numerous products. After getting out the car, do not accept unofficial guidance. They try to get you to their houses or shops. Simply do not listen to them and be away from them.
What to buy: There are too many things to buy. We prefered puffs, woman dress and small figures and gifts. Additionaly, you can buy dried scorpions, snakes etc. from desert, beautiful plates or tea sets and oriental products.
What to pay: Every tourist going to Tunisia have to learn how to negotiate or pay ranging from 4 times to 10 times than actual price. At first it was a bit hard, but do not be in a hurry and enjoy negotiation. Sellers are very friendly and helpful.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Arts and Culture
Local Souk: Using the Medina
When wandering the medina you will get hassled by the local storekeeper but its all good banter, just give as good as you get.
Haggling is a way of life, so be prepared, start of at a third of the asking price and work towards an agreeable price.
What to buy: Whatever takes your fancy. We bought a lovely hand painted feather
- Family Travel
Medina in Tunis: Nargilý
The shop was in the Medina in Tunis so with all these smalls streets all looking the same, I won't be able to give the exact adress.
What to buy: A nargilý is the souvenir that anyone have to bring back from Tunisia even if they are non smoker. It makes a great decoration. This is this water pipe used by local men to smoke some kind of strange tobacco paste or something like that. Some are made of crystal and silver and it is really worth the price.
If you are planning to use it, don't buy the small one. Pepole will tell you that you can use it as a pipe but it is not true. The big one are those that you can really use.
What to pay: I paid mine something around 50ý, with 10 pieces of coal (you need this to light up the pipe) and a small box of tobacco
There are very nice handmade stuffs in Hammamet.. They are rather expensive than other touristic souvenirs.. But worth to look at and if you agree with the prices, they are elegant..